Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 1:51pm
Fairbury Town Hall
Jefferson Community Health Center (in the conference room)
2200 H Street
Fairbury, Ne 68352
Saturday, August 29th at 10:00 a.m.
Join Senator Ebke in Fairbury, Nebraska. Ask her your questions about her first session at the Legislature, discuss bills, or what her goals are; tell her your ideas; or just come for friendly conversation. This event will be in the conference room at Jefferson Community Health Center. Be sure to share with your friends in the area--the more the merrier!
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:54pm
NEW FAIRBURY TEACHERS--First (l-r): Thomas Dux (secondary agriculture), Stephen Grizzle (Superintendent), Adam Brill (secondary physical education), Chris Showman (secondary English), Ann Kujath (secondary special education). Second (l-r): Abigail Jones (secondary English), Paige Moreno (para at Jefferson), Aaron Leibel (secondary social studies), Paige Pfingsten (2nd grade), Nicholas Kroon (Assistant Principal/Activities Director). Third (l-r): Cassie Nelson (elementary special education), Trina Laufenberg (secondary special education), Haley Smiley (secondary special education). Not Pictured: Sarah Roesler (speech pathologist). (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/Fairbury Journal-News)
On Friday, Aug. 7, the community was introduced to the new teachers who have joined the staff at Fairbury Public Schools.
This introduction was part of the Business After Hours event, which was hosted by the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce and the Fairbury Public Schools Foundation. Fairbury Public Schools has hired 12 new people to their staff this year. The new teachers are excited to start the school year.
Abigail Jones, a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, explained that she has enjoyed all of the support she has received from the community as she settled into the community.
“I really like it,” said Jones. “Lots of people have been really friendly and helpful just as I've been moving in and getting to know the town. It seems like a nice little town. I'm from Lincoln and it's just a whole different feel, and I'm really liking it.”
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:53pm
Although the number of people who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits has risen since 2011, it is still below the rate of food insecurity in the county.
Those data, published in 2013, reveal that there are at least 930 individuals in Jefferson County who are considered food insecure. This means that 930 people, some of whom are children, do not have access to enough food at times, or they are making the decision to pay bills instead of buying food.
Families in poverty are often forced to make such trade offs in order to prevent a rising amount of debt. SNAP benefits (commonly referred to as Food Stamps) exist to take some of this burden away from families who are in need.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:53pm
Smiles, Tears--Fairbury Public Schools started the 2015-2016 year on Wednesday. While parents generally seemed happy for school to start the same could not be said for all children.(Photo by Ashley Jensby/Fairbury Journal-News)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:52pm
On Monday, the District 8 School Board in Fairbury agreed to raise the portion of the salary of the TeamMates Coordinator paid by Fairbury Public Schools by $459, but not without confusion and a cold reception.
During the meeting, Debby Ebke, a representative of TeamMates, advocated for the raise based on an agreement with former superintendent, Fred Helmink. The raise would help to cover some of the taxes associated with the coordinator's salary. Ebke explained the history of the program and why the coordinator deserved to be paid.
“In early 2014, our TeamMates Board of Directors recognized that we needed to compensate our coordinator,” said Ebke. “It was too much to be expected to be all volunteer. We made a proposal, which was presented to [then District 8 Superintendent] Mr. Helmink. Mr. Helmink presented it to the Board and we were very happy that the Board saw the value in the program.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:50pm
If Gov. Pete Ricketts has anything to say about it, it will be a lot harder for those who abuse the Welfare system to stay on unemployment. For those of us who actively crusade against such abuses, this is most welcome news.
Last week the governor proposed a measure that, in simplistic terms, will make it difficult to stay on the public dole without making a serious, work like effort to get unemployment benefits. It may actually be easier to go out and get a job than to try for unemployment. We like that thought.
Under Ricketts’ plan people seeking unemployment would have to create and follow individualized work-search plans. Unemployment recipients would have to contact at least five prospective employers a week-currently that figure is two-and submit at least one formal job application during that time in order to keep state benefits. Even more strict requirements would kick in after a person’s fifth and 13th week of receiving payments.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:50pm
Earlier this week I read a column from Cindy Lange-Kubick, one of my favorite op/ed writers from the Lincoln Journal-Star. She noted how summer gets shorter every year. Not just because school starts earlier, she rationalizes, but because with each passing summer we all get older.
I guess I’d have to agree. As a kid growing up in Fairbury I can remember endless summer days spent at the pool, vacationing, hanging out at the lake or riding my bike and playing with friends. These were followed by long summer nights. Nights of star gazing, chasing lightning bugs or out on some adventure. Summer seemed like a lifetime long.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:49pm
Michael and I recently had our first experience with children screaming in the night because they were scared of the dark. The power went out at 1 a.m. I know this because three-year-old Reid happened to be awake and wanting a drink when everything went black.
He began to scream. Holding his hand and telling him we were right there didn’t help; he couldn’t see us, so he screamed. He really screamed.
The nearest flashlights were quite a distance away, so Michael stumbled through the dark in search of them while Reid just screamed, which woke up almost-five-year-old-Kane.
We finally got the flashlights as well as a glow-in-the-dark nightlight. Kane wanted to go to sleep holding the nightlight; Reid wanted the flashlight. It took a good 30 minutes to settle everyone back down, and of course Reid insisted on falling asleep with the flashlight on.